Hearty Chipotle Pumpkin Soup

Sometimes you just want a hearty soup. The kind that warms you up and sticks to your ribs. I was thinking of making some butternut squash soup, and then I came across these “pie pumpkins” at the grocery store. My family loves pumpkin pie but I’m not a huge fan. Still, these pumpkins sparked my… [Read More]

A Must Have In the Garden: Callicarpa Beautyberry Bush

Callicarpa commonly known as Beautyberry is a beautiful shrub grown for its bright almost neon purple berries that show up in late summer when everything else is dying back.   There are over 140 species of the Callicarpa. The American beautyberry C. americana is native to the southeastern part of the United States. The plant… [Read More]

How to Make Linen Napkins: 3 Ways

Do you love the look of natural linen? I like the rumpled casual feel. This year for the holidays I thought I’d make linen napkins. As you might expect, purchasing the material is a lot cheaper than buying the napkins outright, but you do have to prep the fabric, cut, and finish the edges. Today I’ll show… [Read More]

Ideas for Updating Your Fall Planter

By the time fall arrives some planters are looking really rangy, while others are still going strong. I hate ripping out perfectly beautiful plants for those planters that still look really good, but I also love decorating for fall. Often I try to marry the two by updating a fall planter, and keeping some of… [Read More]

Homemade Gifts: Simmering Potpourri

I really like to give out gifts at the holidays to just about everyone I know. My family and friends, co-workers, and all of those people who have helped us throughout the year. You know, the mailman, babysitters, teachers, hair stylists etc. Our list typically ends up being a minimum of 50 gifts, and though… [Read More]

One Pot Seafood Jambalaya to Feed a Crowd

It was our turn to have the family over for dinner. They are all big Steeler fans, so I was looking for something easy that could feed a crowd, and something they could eat in front of the TV. This is pretty much the same crowd of my siblings who we vacation at the beach with,… [Read More]

Foundation Planting Ideas for Overgrown Landscapes

My husband was tired of the three large boxwood shrubs, covering part of the front side of my house, and had them torn out last spring. This left a huge gap, so I needed to figure out what we should plant in the space. Typically foundation planting has groups of several insignificant shrubs that stand… [Read More]